Cigar Craig: Tortuga 215 Reserva

Craig Vanderslice, Cigar Craig
Written on October 9, 2013.
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This week I smoked a couple cigars with a Philadelphia connection. This was purely by accident, as I had planned a different cigar for tonight’s walk, with a completely different tie in, but I couldn’t find the cigars I was looking for. This could indicate a problem, I’m not sure. Seems like I need to do some organizational work in the humidors, which are still a bit of a mess after returning from the IPCPR show. I’ll get it worked out eventually, I promise.


Tonight’s cigar was a Tortuga 215 Reserva Alma, which is a 5" x 52 Robusto. I picked up a couple of these last weekend in New Hampshire. My friend Mike Perry sent me one of these in the 7½” x 58 Diplomatico size, but I haven’t had the time to smoke that one yet. Of course, I’ve enjoyed many of the 215 Edición Limitada 2011 in the past, and the new Reserva is a notch better to my palate. It is medium bodied, and except for a little slanted burn half way through, it performed well considering I bought it Saturday and got it into the humidor Monday morning. Oddly, this Robusto is named after my paternal grandmother, which is a little unusual. This is a nice smoke, like all of the Tortugas. Mike also sent me a 1950 Natural Aged Maduro, which I really look forward to since I enjoyed the torpedo so much a couple years ago. I forget what I paid for the Robusto, but I want to say it was in the $7 range in tax free New Hampshire. Now that Victor Vitale lives in Philadelphia again (there's the connection!), maybe I’ll get to see him once in a while!